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March 21, 2017 - 11:39 am
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I have a 1894 30WCF that will not eject properly

the barrel chamber has recess for cartridge flange or rim??the barrel is half octagon 26″

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I have 2 other pre64 1894’s in 30WCF both do not have this recess for cartridge rim??

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The recess at the top of the barrel is to allow the extractor to slip over the case rim to pull the case out of the chamber. When the bolt is cycled fully to the rear the ejector hits the case head and pops it loose from the extractor/bolt recess and the case is thrown free or “ejected”.

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I’m  not sure why your ’94 would have the chamber cut for the rim of the cartridge case. It’s  no wonder it won’t extract the fired cases.  I’m  wondering if the barrel or chamber have been reworked.  Does the barrel look like it was relined?

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win4575 said
I’m  not sure why your ’94 would have the chamber cut for the rim of the cartridge case. It’s  no wonder it won’t extract the fired cases.  I’m  wondering if the barrel or chamber have been reworked.  Does the barrel look like it was relined?  

That is what I am wondering?? I picked this up as a project gun from a fellow it is marked 30WCF I’ll have to do a little more research

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I’d take a chamber casting with cerrosafe to see what the internal dimensions are. 

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I guess it is possible that “if” the barrel had been relined, the gunsmith was asleep at the wheel and made the mistake of running the chambering reamer far enough to include the recess cut for the cartridge rim.  This would render the rifle useless, because the cartridge rim on a ’94 is recessed on the face of the breech bolt not the face of the chamber.  I doubt that the firing pin would even reach the primer, but if it did, you could have tragic consequences by firing this gun, because you have nearly 1/16th inch of free headspace.  It would be interesting to have the gun in hand to try and figure out why it was cut this way.

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